Made in Movember – Changing the face of men’s health!

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Did you know…

The average life expectancy for men in the UK is almost 4 years less than women!
Men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer than women and a 37% higher risk of dying from it!
More than two thirds of men in the UK were either overweight or obese!

There is a lack of awareness and understanding of the health issues men face.  Men do not openly discuss their health and how they are feeling and are reluctant to take action when they don’t feel physically or mentally well.

The Movember Foundation aims to change this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on a serious issue.  The idea of the moustache is to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health and to take action if needed.

Everyone can get involved, you can be a Mo Bros or a Mo Sista.  We would love to hear about what you are doing and to see your pictures.  Who will have the most  stylish grown locally moustache?

Here are some style ideas to help you:

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This month’s (October) payment run

This month 208 schools and 99 charities received a payment – all thanks to people like you!

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Top payment this month went to the fab people at Kids Run Free*.

Did your cause receive a payment in our Top 10? Read more

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Virgin Atlantic winners announced!

Thank you to the kind people at Virgin Atlantic who sponsored our latest campaign to give money away to causes close to  your hearts.

The winners have now been chosen at random and they are:

Nicola supporting Ruislip Gardens Primary and Friends of Ruislip High School
Ewa supporting Rosary Catholic Primary School
Gary supporting Northgate High School
Samantha supporting Shobdon Primary School
Andrew supporting 1st Hersham Scout Group

Thank you to all who entered.  Look out for our next competition coming soon and remember to shop via TheGivingMachine to generate free donations!

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906 Schools and Charities received a payment in September’s payment run

 Our fantastic TGM RetailersAn amazing 906 schools, scout groups, guide groups, CASC’s, and charities received a payment this month totalling £31,135 – all thanks to their supporters who shop online via TheGivingMachine.  Thanks must also go to the fab retailers like Viking, John Lewis, Virgin Atlantic and Sainsburys, to name just some of the 1,400+ retailers involved – who help make this happen.

It is always a pleasure to announce the top recipient for a payment run, Read more

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Do you prefer to support local or national charities?

Do you support a local or national charity – and why?

Our recent Giving Opinions survey found 77 per cent of respondents would prefer to support a local charity over a national one working for the same cause.  The survey also revealed a view that donations to smaller charities were more likely to be spent on the cause as opposed to costs associated with running the organisation. What do you think?

To see more of the Charity Times article featuring our survey, please click on the following link:

http://www.charitytimes.com/ct/survey-highlights-importance-of-transparency-for-large-charities.php

 

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Social Saturday – a day to celebrate Social Enterprises

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Hello everyone,

Tomorrow is Social Saturday, a special day where we can celebrate the achievements of more than 70,000 social enterprises whose aim is to put money back into communities. We’re glad to be one of them. Together, we are helping to build a better place to work and live. Please do support the businesses that are taking part where you can. Have a look on the Social Saturday website and follow #socialsaturday on Twitter.

TheGivingMachine continues to support local and national charities across the UK and thanks to our members, we have generated more than 1.2 million donations to good causes. We’re proud to carry the Social Enterprise badge, which is an independent verification that we our business is about working towards the social or common good.

So congratulations to all of you who have used TheGivingMachine to generate free donations. Don’t forget to download our new Shop&Give reminder from our website to make it even easier to contribute to the causes that matter to you.

It is fantastic to see more and more business join in the social enterprise revolution. Together we can all make a difference to the way we live. Social Saturday is a great way to raise awareness that as consumers we have the ability to make a difference by choosing who we buy from.

TheGivingMachine team

 

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New Shop&Give reminder now available – Never miss a donation!

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Shop&Give reminder now available to install

 

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Every time you search for shops and products online you’ll get a handy reminder in your search results telling you which shops give free donations.

This genius piece of tech ensures you can give a free donation every time you shop online, plus you’ll be able to see which shops give the highest donation for the same products, so you’ll be able to raise more for the causes you care about.

 

 

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Win a cash donation for your cause!

The lovely people at Virgin Atlantic are giving away 5 cash donations!

To be in with a chance of winning one of these donations for your cause, simply visit Virgin Atlantic via TheGivingMachine for your free entry.

Whilst you are there, take a look at the fantastic Virgin Atlantic sale, which is on until the 23rd September 2014.

Competition terms:
1 entry per giver, winners selected at random
5 donations of £15 each will be added to Giver’s donation account
Ends 23rd September 2014

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We’re changing, plus great new features – coming soon!

Why are we changing our branding?

Our new logo will soon be introduced on the website

Our new logo will soon be introduced on the website

 

TheGivingMachine was founded in 2006  by four Dads who wanted to give something back to their communities. TheGivingMachine brings together shoppers, retailers and charitable organisations and delivers a positive social outcome for all involved:

  •  Charitable organisations from schools, community groups to any UK based international charity all get access to a new source of funds, without compromising existing activities.
  • Retailers get new customers and see referral commissions going to good causes chosen by their customers,  increasing brand loyalty and their sustainability objectives.
  • Shoppers or ‘Givers’ by shopping online via TheGivingMachine are able to donate to any cause they choose at no additional cost.

We felt this simple mechanism needed a simplified, unique brand that worked  effectively across online and print mediums as well as small formats as we continue to significantly accelerate our giving plans. Read more

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13th September is Social Saturday!

The 13th September is the UK’s first Social Saturday, a national day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises.

Social enterprises are businesses that trade for people and planet.

In the UK, there are more than 70,000 social enterprises, TheGivingMachine being one.

Every purchase we make has an impact on the world we live in.  When you make a purchase with a retailer via TheGivingMachine, your spending goes much further, making a difference to the things you care about.

TheGivingMachine is helping retailers be more socially aware by turning the commission we receive from them into donations to support our givers chosen schools or charities.

So remember, if you are going to make a purchase on Saturday 13th September, to buy social!

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